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Can my small business afford amazing IT?

We are a small business ourselves and one thing I hear from potential customers, or friends and family is: Can we afford good IT? Isn’t it expensive to hire an IT person? The reality is that it’s not as cost prohibitive as you would think. Especially, when the work being done is enhancing the performance of your network, extending the lifespan of your PC’s, server and any other office equipment. …Read More

Password Advice has changed time to update yours

Password Advice has changed. Back in 2003 Bill Burr, a mid-level manager at the National Institute of Standards wrote an 8 page publication providing guidance on computer passwords.  The document suggested using obscure characters, a mix of upper and lower case, and recommended changing the password regularly.  The document became the guideline that many government and corporate entities adopted and his advice was widely disseminated.  Today Bill is retired and …Read More

Sierra Computer Group’s Darren McBride in his own words

Our CEO Darren McBride was recently interview by the Northern Nevada Business Weekly, please click on the link below to get to read the interview and get to know our CEO and company better.  http://www.nnbw.com/news/sierra-computer-groups-darren-mcbride-in-his-own-words/ ”Setup a network in your home and have passion for knowing how it works. We tend to hire people who think computers and networks are so cool they’re willing to invest in owning them.” – …Read More

Is it time for an upgrade or refresh?

  Should I upgrade this one or buy a new one? My PC is only a few years old… how do I determine that? We all have had to make this tough decision at one time or another. It’s easy to become attached to how comfy it is to navigate your PC. The thought of having to learn a newer operating system and perhaps not knowing where all your important …Read More

Having issues with Windows 10 upgrade?

Did you finally decide to click upgrade to Windows 10 only to find that your computer crashed or keeps freezing after the upgrade? Or your profile is completely missing? Why did it do that!? What do I do now? There are some theory’s as to why Window’s 10 installations are not always successful. One is that some applications need to be uninstalled because they cause problems with the upgrade process. …Read More

Three reasons to switch to Office 365

1.Price Microsoft has a pretty heavy price tag for the new Office Home and Business 2016, starting out at $229.99 for one product key code. Why pay that for one user when Office 365 plans start at $5 per month? Small businesses can get access to Outlook Email with Calendars, Online conferencing, Skype, file storage and sharing with One drive, in addition to essential Office productivity applications for just $5 …Read More

Email encryption made easy

We’re all nervous about the security of our email. It’s so convenient to send documents via email but it is sometimes best to encrypt or password protect sensitive data. This is especially true for documents such as tax returns, W2’s, or other sensitive financial documents. Did you know that whoever has admin rights on mail servers or workstations on either end can see documents sent and received from either side …Read More

Look out for Locky

Look out for Locky, the newest member of the ransomware family. It has only emerged in the past few weeks but has already proved to be much more devastating than its predecessors. The main difference between Locky and the other variants of ransomware is that can see un-mapped networked drives. Files encrypted by Locky don’t change the ownership of the files, but the help files created will have the proper …Read More

Suffering from antiquated Category 5 cabling?

Does your business suffer from antiquated Category 5 cabling? New bandwidth-intensive applications are calling for speeds greater than 100 and 1000 Mbps, and the demand is only going to increase. There’s also an increasing amount of wireless devices, an influx of transferring of high-res images, streaming, and surveillance footage that are all part of a business’ daily routine.  Whether its your line of business applications or your devices creating more …Read More